Arigato is a simple word but often used.

Often? More than often, unceasing is it. In every occasion You can hear it. Sometimes we could laugh at.

Well, the Japaneses are always friendly, always smiling. But that is a prejudice, even though and often used.

Considering how many times the western people apologizes. We use to say Thanks, Gracias or Merci in every situations.We also are friendly, as friendly as pie? Hypocrisy?

But there are differences. In addition the Japanese bow, bow down, they bend, prone, they kowtow.

The Sir or Lady Bend on the right, the Kowtow-San consists from head to heel of the 7 japanese syllables “a-ri-ga-too”.